Ohio Livestock Producers’ Perceptions of Producing and Marketing Grass-Based Beef and Lamb

J. S. McCutcheon, L. W. Morton, H. N. Zerby, Steven Loerch, L. Miller, F. L. Fluharty

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Abstract

Although small and mid-size cattle and sheep producers may be positioned to meet local market demand for grass-based meat and meat products, they share similar challenges as they consider converting to grass-based systems. A survey of Ohio beef and sheep producers reveals a number of underlying factors that influence the decision to convert a livestock management system to a grass-base including available infrastructure, knowledge and technical skills, financial costs and a desire to change their system. These findings demonstrate that there are substantive production and marketing issues that influence producer decisions to change an existing management system. A better understanding of the livestock production system and direct marketing opportunities can improve local food programs’ capacity to increase the supply of grass-based meat and meat products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-390
Number of pages24
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Development
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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